We use the following rate (for a 40 hour/week employee):
1st day of employment to 2nd anniversary
After 2nd anniversary
After 5th anniversary
After 7th anniversary
After 9th anniversary
Sick time is accrued at 3.38 hour/pay period for 40 hour/week employees. They get paid holidays on top of this. There is a formal procedure for requesting time off. If they have unplanned absences that exceed there sick time accrual (which can carry over anniversary year to year but vacation hours cannot) they will be unpaid and it is a documented performance issue. Unplanned absences 3 consecutive days requires physician notes and possible put on a leave of absence or it is again a performance issue.